Four detached wood-frame houses near downtown Jamaica may bite the dust for a sizable residential building. Plans were filed last week to erect eight stories of apartments on the site where the houses currently stand, at 89-07 148th Street.
The 74-foot-tall development would rise between 89th and 90th Avenues, a block west of Rufus King Park and across the street from the monolithic Queens Civil Court building. The building would have 97 apartments squeezed into 64,509 square feet of residential space, for average units measuring a rental-sized 665 square feet.
The ground floor would hold 11 units, followed by 13 units on each of the middle floors, and eight units on the top floor. There would be a 50-car garage in the cellar, as required by zoning, and 49 bicycle storage spots.
The developer is Shao Ling, doing business as a Flushing-based LLC, and he’s hired Chang Hwa Tan, an architect who’s also headquartered in Flushing, to handle the design. Ling spent a combined $4,110,000 in separate sales on the four homes over the past year.
Demolition plans have already been filed for all four houses, which were constructed around the turn of the century. Each two-and-a-half story home measures roughly 2,500 square feet and holds two or three apartments.
Downtown Jamaica is flush with new development, especially in this area, which is close to the F train on Hillside Avenue and the E, J, Z, and LIRR trains at Jamaica station. In September, plans for two other mid-rise buildings were filed on 89th Avenue, right around the corner from this site.